NBC announced that NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock will be replacing Pat Haden in the booth as the color commentator for Notre Dame home games.
The hiring of Mayock, a former standout at Boston College, is sure to draw the ire of some Notre Dame fans because of his alma mater, but this was a great hire by NBC. Mayock is one of the most respected analysts in football and is perhaps the top NFL Draft analyst around.
Back in April, ProFootballTalk reported that Mayock has the most respect all of the draft analysts among NFL front office folks.
“The best guy in the amateur scouting/draftnik business in Mike Mayock,” the source said. “Mike does more film work then any of those other guys put together. He is the only one who has access to the NFL dub center where all the college tapes go before they get distributed to the teams. He watches hours and hours of tape. You might not always agree with his evaluations but he works hard at it and you have to respect that.”
It shouldn’t be surprising then that Mayock has been offered several NFL front office positions in recent months as well.
Mayock told Joe Rose on WQAM Thursday (Via Omar Kelly) that he’s had “three or four offers to join NFL front offices” but that “it wasn’t the right time.”
One of those offers may have come from the Raiders. Mayock was tied to Oakland as a possible successor to Mike Lombardi three years ago, although the team denied the report.
And in case you are wondering, Mayock is one of the draft analysts who felt Jimmy Clausen was one of the top players available in the 2010 draft. Via PFT, Mayock had this to say regarding Clausen’s pro day.
“I saw everything I needed to see,” Mayock said. “He had a strong arm. Good accuracy. I saw what I expected to see.”
Mayock mentioned that Clausen’s mechanics were improved from his junior season, especially with his feet. Clausen said his healed toe has helped him with his weight transfer.
Prior to making a name for himself as the premier draft analyst in the business, Mayock worked for both CBS and Fox Sports Net broadcasting college football games as a in-game analyst and sideline reporter.
As long as you can look past the Boston College pedigree, Mayock is an excellent hire by NBC and should provide some great insight during games. He might not have been the Notre Dame guy mst were hoping for, but he’s a more than solid analyst who should be considered an upgrade over Pat Haden.
Now, if only NBC would have done something about the guy sitting next to Mayock in the booth…